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Mecklenburg County Extension Homemakers Association, Inc Records

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Mecklenburg County Extension Homemakers Association, Inc Records

Inventory of the Mecklenburg County Extension Homemakers Association, Inc records
MS0400

Summary Information

Repository
J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections, UNC Charlotte
Creator
Mecklenburg County Extension Homemakers Association (N.C.)
Title
Mecklenburg County Extension Homemakers Association, Inc. records
ID
MS0400
Date [bulk]
Bulk, 1960-2008
Date [inclusive]
1925-2008
Extent
90.0 Linear inches
Language
English
Abstract
This collection contains the records of the North Carolina Extension Homemakers Association, of Charlotte, North Carolina from 1925 to 2008.

Preferred Citation note

Mecklenburg County Extension Homemakers Association Records. J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections, University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

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Biographical/Historical note

Home demonstration activities began in North Carolina as early as 1911 with the establishment of the first “tomato club” in Guilford County. Within a few years, the US Congress passed the Smith-Lever Act of 1914 for the establishment of the Agricultural and Home Economics Extension Service. The purpose of this act was to “aid in diffusing among the people of the U.S. useful and practical information on subjects relating to agriculture and home economics and to encourage the application of the same to those not resident in said colleges.” (see Lorna Langley’s “History and Philosophy of Extension, Box 3:38) The Cooperative Agricultural Extension Service that emerged was a collaborative effort between the US Department of Agriculture, land-grant universities, and state and local governments. As “collaborators” (later called “demonstration agents” and still later known as extension agents”) began working, they found it necessary to teach groups of homemakers, rather than individuals, in order to teach effectively. Teaching individuals took too much time and involved too much travel. At first, collaborators traveled by train and taught their lessons in unused railroad box cars. The purpose of the Extension Homemakers Association was to provide education and training useful to homemakers in rural and agricultural areas at a time when electricity in rural areas was rare, paved roads were few, sanitation conditions were primitive, and the cost of groceries was relatively high. Economizing in all aspects of homemaking was very important to farm families that lived on a modest income. EHA also provided information on nearly every aspect of domestic life, including food preservation, child-rearing, good citizenship, making clothing, home decorating, and more. In addition, the association provided a means of social networking between farm women who lived far from their closest neighbors. Ultimately, the EHA provided assistance and instruction to rural homemakers, in order for them to develop a higher standard of living. The North Carolina Federation of Home Demonstration Clubs first organized in 1920 as a private entity affiliated with the state Cooperative Extension Service. This was an organization that homemakers could join, and they learned about home economics through this organization. The name of this group was changed in 1958 to the North Carolina Organization of Home Demonstration Clubs. A similar organization, the State Council of Home Demonstration Clubs of North Carolina, was organized in 1940. In 1966 these two groups merged to become the North Carolina Extension Homemaker Association, and was incorporated in 1974. The name changed again in 1999 to the North Carolina Extension & Community Association. Over the years, the demography of North Carolina changed from primarily rural and agricultural to mostly urban and suburban. Along with this shift came a profusion of technological changes that made homemaking less labor-intensive and more convenient. Moreover, cultural habits of wives keeping house changed as a growing number of women entered the workplace outside of the home. With the advance of time, membership declined and chapters gradually folded one by one. The Mecklenburg County Extension and Community Association held its last meeting in 2008. The earliest existing records of the Mecklenburg County Extension Homemakers Association are minutes of meetings, dated 1925. According to their constitutions and bylaws, the name of this organization changed over the years, and the term “Curb Market” appeared on several versions of its constitutions and bylaws. The MCEHA (known as the “Mecklenburg County Extension and Community Association” at the time of its closure) was like so many other county extension associations, and its members were involved in a wide variety of educational programs and volunteer activities that focused on domesticity—particularly in the latter part of the twentieth century. One of the more noteworthy aspects of the extension homemakers’ movement was its attention to the needs of African-American homemakers, especially prior to and during the Civil Rights Movement. The organizers of extension homemaker associations recognized the needs of African-American women living in rural areas, and they prepared home economics literature especially for that demographic, some of which is found in this collection (see boxes 3:40 and 4:32). [Sources: Mecklenburg County Extension Homemakers Association records, Mss 400, Atkins Library, Special Collections.]

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Scope and Contents note

This collection contains information concerning organizations dedicated to home-making and home economics in North Carolina and in Mecklenburg County. The home economics movement was a phenomenon of the twentieth and early twenty-first centuries, and its purpose was to provide services and information to home-makers (primarily in rural areas) to help them manage their households more cost-effectively. Extension agents, who were employed by the state or county, were the professionals who coordinated information and instruction between the state and county governments, and the home-makers at the local clubs.

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Arrangement note

This collection is arranged into six series, which are into subdivided subseries. The first series in this collection contains records from the Extension Service at the state level and is identified as such, in order to accommodate the various name changes that the institution experienced during its history. Within the first series, there are also records from the North Carolina State University College of Agriculture and Life Science. This was the state entity that worked with the private organization. Below the state organizations, there is a series for the Southwest District of the extension service. Series III contains the records of the Mecklenburg County and Charlotte extension association. Like the organization at the state level, it too, has gone through a number of name changes, and the title of this series is a broad “umbrella” term intended to generally describe the county-level organization. The county organization is composed of several local extension homemaker clubs, and these materials are what constitute series IV. The fifth series contains the photographs that came with this collection, and are arranged chronologically. The sixth series contains plaques.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections, UNC Charlotte 2009

9201 University City Blvd.
Charlotte, NC, 28223
704-687-1170
spec-coll@uncc.edu

Conditions Governing Access note

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use note

Some material may be copyrighted or restricted. It is the patron's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Acquired from Mecklenburg County Extension Homemakers in July 2008.

Processing Information note

Processed by Alishia Jones and Robert A. McInnes.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Extension Homemakers Clubs (Mecklenburg County (N.C.)
  • Mecklenburg County Extension and Community Association (N.C.)
  • Mecklenburg County Extension Homemakers Association (N.C.)

Subject(s)

  • Home demonstration work
  • Home economics extension work
  • Home economics
  • Homemakers--North Carolina--Mecklenburg County--20th century

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Collection Inventory

Series IA: State Organization(s)

Box Folder

Annual Membership Dues Reports 1991-2007

1 1

Annual Report 1962-1963

1 2

Annual Reports 1989-1999

1 3

Annual Reports 2001-2005

1 4-8

A&P Leadership Award 1970-1981

1 9

Board of Directors – Minutes of Meetings 1976-2001

1 10

Calendar of Events 2001

1 11

Committees undated

1 12

Community Outreach 2003

1 13

Constitution and Bylaws Council undated

1 14
Box Folder

Communications & Memos 1966-2003

1 15

Meeting Minutes 1967-1982

1 16

County Council Presidents 1977

1 17

Executive Board—Minutes of Meetings 1968-2002

1 18

Farm and Home Week 1953

1 19

Financial Reports 1969-1975

1 20

Governor’s Proclamations 1980

1 21

Handbooks 1963, 1980, 1987, 1993, 1994

1 22-26

Newsletters – Tarheel Homemakers 1974-1976

1 27

Legislative Tour 1983

1 28

Officers undated

1 29

Officers’ Duties undated

1 30

Past Presidents undated

1 31

Presentation to BOCC 2003

1 32

Program of Work Committees 1963-1979

1 33

University Day 1982

1 34

Yearbooks 1961-1998

1 35-47

Yearbooks 1999-2007

2 1-4

50/30 Anniversary 1970

2 5

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Series IB: North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service (NCCES)

Box Folder

Correspondence 1962-2004

2 6

Career Brochures undated

2 7

Districts undated

2 8

Miscellaneous undated

2 9

Newsletters 1976-1981

6 2

Newsletters 1994-1996

2 10

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Series II: Southwest District

Box Folder

Annual Meetings 1968, 1976

2 11

Beautification 1970

2 12

Bicentennial – Spirit of ’76 undated

2 13

Craft Workshops undated

Box Folder

Gardner-Webb College 1976

2 14

Pheiffer College 1977

2 15

Pheiffer College 1978

2 16

Craft workshop 1979

2 17

Wingate College 1980

2 18

Belmont College 1982

2 19

Lenoir-Rhyne College 1983

2 20

Livingston College 1984

2 21

Citizens Center 1985

2 22
Box Folder

Financial Records 1970-2003

2 23

Leadership Records for Current Year 1975-1976

2 24

Leadership Training Workshop 1973-2006

2 25

Minutes of Meetings 1980-1985

2 26

Miscellaneous undated

2 27

Nominating Committee 1971-1975

2 28

Officers 1971-2004

2 29

President’s Handbook 1992

2 30

Program of Work 1967-1984

2 31

SW District Meeting – Registration Forms 1978

2 32

SW District Day 1980, 1981, 1982, 1984, 1991, 1993, 2004

2 33-39

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Series IIIA: Mecklenburg County-level organization

Box Folder

Achievement Day 1970-1988

2 40

Achievement and Award Day—Programs 1962-1988

2 41-42

Adopt-a-Cop Program 1989

2 43

Archives Committee undated

2 44

Associated Country Women of the World 1956-1970

2 45

Awards 1988

Scope and Contents note

(see also “Homemaker of the Month” award)

2 46

Building Healthy Families 2006-2007

2 47

Calendar of Events 1970-2003

2 48

Club Membership Rosters 1975-1998

2 49-57

Club Membership Rosters 1998-2008

3 1-7

Constitutions and Bylaws 1930-2000

6 1

Council Meeting Minutes 1925-1933

3 8

Council Meeting Minutes 1925-1933 (photocopies)

3 9

Council Meeting Minutes 1963-2008

3 10-12

Council Projects Open House 1975

3 13-14

Crafts undated

3 15

Craft Shows 1969-1974

3 16

Craft Workshops circa 1970-1985

3 17-18

Cultural Arts 1976-1980

3 19

Diary Letters 1981

3 20

Enrollment Forms 1989-1998

3 21-29

Executive Board Meeting Minutes 1971-2005

3 30

Extension Homemakers Collect

3 31

Extension Homemakers Day

3 32

Financial Reports 1959-2005

3 33-35

Fundraisers 1976-1993

3 36

History

3 37-39

History – “A Study of North Carolina Negro Homemakers”

3 40

Homemaker of the Month Award 1963-1984

4 1-3

Leadership training 1976-1984

4 4

Leadership Conference 1967-1970

4 5

Local Club Lists 1969-2000

4 6-14

Local Club Presidents

4 15

Mecklenburg County. Parks and Rec. Dept. 2003-2005

4 16

Mecklenburg Times 1962

4 17

Membership

4 18

Membership List circa 2000

4 19

Membership Reports 1974-1990

4 20

Miscellaneous

4 21-22

New Member Applications 1981

4 23

Officers 1962-2004

4 24

Officers Supplement 1974

4 25

Officers, Installation of 1951-1954

4 26

Presidential Training 1971-1975

4 27

Presidents (local clubs) 1966

4 28

President’s File

4 29

President’s Newsletters 1994-1999

4 30

Program of Work 1981

4 31

Racial Policy 1974

4 32

Reading Project – Reading Cube

4 33

Scholarships

4 34

Scholarship—Betty Feezor Scholarship 1977-1984

4 35

Song book: “Come, Let’s Sing”

4 36

Southern Christmas Show 1977-1979

4 37

Tour of Homes 1964-1977

4 38

Volunteer Leader’s Achievement Reports 1968-1989

4 39

Writing Contest, “I Remember When…” 1978

4 40

Yearbook 1972-1980

4 41-42

Young Homemakers Award 1978

4 43

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Series IIIB: Mecklenburg County Extension Service undated

Box Folder

County Extension Agent undated

4 44

Newsletters 1967-1976, 1989

4 45

Service Staff undated

4 46

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Series IV: Local Extension Homemaker Clubs undated

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Clear Creek EH Club

Box Folder

Constitution and Bylaws undated

5 1

Scrapbook 1954-1991 (photocopies)

5 2
Box Folder

Croft EH Club--History undated

5 3

Derita EH Club--History undated

5 4

East Matthews EH Club undated

Box
5
Folder
5
Box Folder

Leader Reports 1971-1972

5 6

Quilt Pattern undated

5 6

Heritage EH Club undated

Box Folder

History undated

5 8

Memorials undated

5 9

Minutes 1990-1999

5 10

Miscellaneous undated

5 11

Officers and Members undated

5 12

Yearbooks 1996-1999

5 13

Hickory Grove EH Club undated

Box Folder

Annual Reports 1955-1971

5 14

History 1943-1952

5 15

Membership Rolls 1943-1985

5 16

Memorials undated

5 17

Minutes 1943-1985

5 18-21

Miscellaneous undated undated

5 22

Miscellaneous 1956-1982

5 23

Officers 1968-1973

5 24

Program Calendars 1962-1982

5 25

Treasures Reports 1958-1981

5 26

Woman of the Year 1957-1958

5 27

Mulberry EH Club undated

Box Folder

Membership Rolls 1986-1996

5 28

Minutes 1987-1996

5 29

Miscellaneous undated

5 30

Outstanding Members 1995

5 31
Box Folder

Newell EH Club--History undated

5 32

North Mecklenburg EH Club--History undated

5 33

Paw Creek EH Club--History undated

5 34

Providence EH Club--History undated

5 35

Suburban EH Club undated

Box Folder

Minutes 1963-1989

5 36-37

Miscellaneous undated

5 38

Young Mothers EH Club--Miscellaneous undated

Box
5
Folder
39

Series V: PHOTOGRAPHS—PRINTS (P)

Box
P38
Folder
13
Box Folder Photographs-Prints

“Forerunner of girls work was the tomato clubs, this first club exhibit at the 1911 N.C. State Fair was prepared by Guilford County Clubs.” undated

P38 13 P400/1

“Extension’s home demonstration work has meant better farm living. Here a home demonstration club woman demonstrates floor finished to fellow club members.” undated

P38 13 P400/2

Unidentified woman sewing circa 1935

P38 13 P400/3

Providence Extension Homemakers Club house, built in 1937. undated

P38 13 P400/4-7

Unidentified extension homemaker event circa 1955

P38 13 P400/8-13

Unidentified extension homemaker event circa 1956

P38 13 P400/14-16

Unidentified extension homemaker event 1957

P38 13 P400/17-18

Mrs. M. O. Dulin and Dorothy Jane Crowder. undated

P38 13 P400/19

Mrs. M. O. Dulin and William McComb. undated

P38 13 P400/20

Diorama at the International Relations event, circa 1958

P38 13 P400/21-22

Cakes circa 1960

P38 13 P400/23-28

Unidentified MCEHA members making crafts circa 1960

P38 13 P400/29

Mrs. Vander (McRae) Warner, 1963 Homemaker of the month nominee. undated

P38 13 P400/30

Mrs. Charles L. Elliott, 1963 Woman of the year nominee. undated

P38 13 P400/31

Lillie Mae Douglas (Mrs. William G. Alexander), 1964 NC State Mother of the Year nominee. undated

P38 13 P400/32

Edna Glosson (?) undated

P38 13 P400/33

Unidentified MCEHA members circa 1965

P38 13 P400/34-35

Carolyn Petty preparing for a cooking program March 19, 1970

P38 13 P400/36

Kathryn Miller, receiving an award circa 1976

P38 13 P400/37

NC Extension Homemakers meeting, educational workshops, exhibits 1990

P38 13 P400/38-41

Local Club Meeting. Program about loss of height as we age. undated

P38 13 P400/42-43

Heritage Club at Reid House. Members include Mary Neil Alexander, Bobbie Dull, Martha Krause, Missy Sorrell circa 1990

P38 13 P400/44

Margaret Phillips and Mary Louise Phillips at the Reid House. undated

P38 13 P400/45

Missy Sorrell at the Reid House. undated

P38 13 P400/46

Unidentified members of the Heritage Club at the Reid House. undated

P38 13 P400/47

Heritage Club, “Collectors share knowledge and inspiration and thimbles,” undated

P38 13 P400/48-50

Heritage Club, “A Working Woman’s Dilemma.” undated

P38 13 P400/51-54

Heritage Club, Christmas crafts event undated

P38 13 P400/55-56

Cotton harvesting, and processing circa 1990

P38 13 P400/57-62

Mecklenburg County Achievement Day 1991

P38 13 P400/63-64

Heritage Club, “Safety in the Home” Feb 20, 1992

P38 13 p400/65-66

Heritage Club, decorating baskets circa 1992

P38 13 P400/67-68

Heritage Club, Virginia Whilden and Kathryn Miller set up a demonstration table in front of Renfron’s Hardware Store to demonstrate food preservation techniques. undated

P38 13 P400/69-70

ECA District Officer’s Training, Mallard Creek Presbyterian Church. Oct. 23, 2001

P38 13 P400/71

ECA Heritage Club 2002

P38 13 P400/72

Heritage Club members packing donations for the Battered Women’s Shelter March 2003

P38 13 P400/73-74

Kathryn Miller, and Ann Gill at Leadership training April 2003

P38 13 P400/75

Heritage Club Christmas program Dec. 12, 2004

P38 13 P400/76-77

Heritage Club, International Program – Culture & Traditions, “Sweden.” undated

P38 13 P400/78-81

Heritage Club, Crafts-for-Home. undated

P38 13 P400/82-85

Heritage Club, making Christmas decorations 2007

P38 13 P400/86-89

Heritage Club Archives Committee: Kathryn Miller, Marjoree Lemmond, Beth Dale July 8, 2008

P38 13 P400/90

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Series VI: Plaques

Box

Young Homemaker – Mrs. Ray Grant 1981

6

Special Projects Best County Report Mecklenburg County State Council Rocky Mount Oct. 8, 1992

6

Mecklenburg County Outstanding Organization Mecklenburg Extension Homemakers Councils 1991

6

To the Extension Homemakers of Mecklenburg County for Generous Support and Involvement in 4-H undated

6

Outstanding Leadership Mecklenburg County Extension Homemakers Association undated

7

Young Homemaker Mecklenburg County Extension Homemaker Association undated

7

VEEP Mecklenburg County Extension Homemaker Association undated

7

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